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Golterman, Georg (August 19, 1824-December 29, 1898)



  • Existence: August 19, 1824 - December 29, 1898


(b Hanover, 19 Aug 1824; d Frankfurt, 29 Dec 1898). German cellist, conductor and composer. The son of an organist, he first studied the cello with A.C. Prell, one of Romberg’s last pupils. At the age of 23 Goltermann moved to Munich to study the cello with Joseph Menter and composition with Ignaz Lachner. In 1850 he began touring as a virtuoso cellist, at the same time gaining recognition as a composer; his Symphony in A and First Cello Concerto date from this period. His appointment in 1852 as music director in Würzburg effectively ended his short career as a touring cellist. The following year he accepted the post of assistant music director in Frankfurt, and in 1874 he became principal music director there. Goltermann’s own playing was marked by an energetic and highly emotional delivery, and stood him in high regard among cellists. His other compositions include orchestral overtures, songs, three sets of organ preludes and many chamber pieces, among them the Romance and Serenade op.119 for four cellos. Despite the success in his day of many of his works, it is Goltermann’s compositions for cello that are chiefly remembered; his eight concertos so effectively demonstrate the lyrical and virtuoso potential of the instrument that they continue to be in use as study pieces.

Source: Marc Moskovitz. ""Goltermann, Georg."" In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online, (accessed February 16, 2011).

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Georg Golterman, 1850-1898

 File — Box 2, Folder: 1
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Classical Music Manuscript contains a wide array of score and parts, in both manuscript and printed form, from composers and music educators dating back to the Eighteenth Century. Along with recognizable names such as Domenico Scarlatti, there are many far lesser known composers from the time of Mozart and Beethoven that are represented here in this collection, with rare scores and pedagogical manuals. Not only are the items an interesting glimpse into virtually unknown works, they are a...
Dates: 1850-1898